Results 121–140 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Willetts

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Life Sciences (10 Apr 2014)

David Willetts: The life sciences industry contributes more than £13 billion a year to the UK economy. Since the launch of our life sciences strategy, industry has been investing £1 billion a year in Britain.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Life Sciences (10 Apr 2014)

David Willetts: I would be happy to meet my right hon. Friend. That is exactly the kind of initiative that the Mayor of London envisaged when he launched his MedCity initiative earlier this week. We look forward to a golden triangle that links Oxford, Cambridge and Sutton.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (10 Apr 2014)

David Willetts: There is no cap on the number of legitimate overseas students coming to Britain, and we will not introduce any such cap. The Secretary of State and I work with the Prime Minister and others on trade missions around the world to encourage young people with the necessary aptitude and qualifications to benefit from study in Britain to apply to come here. We can be proud of our universities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (10 Apr 2014)

David Willetts: I do congratulate that company. As part of our life sciences strategy, we are supporting high-tech medical companies large and small, and it is great to hear that they are prospering.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (10 Apr 2014)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend indeed represents an area with, shall we say, some very distinctive skills in cyber and big data, and yes, absolutely, it is very important that places like his have the opportunity to apply to have the Turing centre. We will be running a consultation on its best location.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (10 Apr 2014)

David Willetts: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about the significance of this sector, and that is why we have a £160-million agri-tech strategy, which is aimed at promoting exports and investment in high-tech agriculture for the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 1 — Future of intellectual property (12 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: I want briefly to make two final comments. First, several Members referred to the need for an IP tsar. Let me make it clear that we have something better than a tsar—a viscount. In Viscount Younger of Leckie we have a Minister who is already discharging those responsibilities very well. Of course, for those who say that it is not right that he is in the House of Lords it is worth pointing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 1 — Future of intellectual property (12 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. I start by giving thanks to all those who served on the Committee and spoke on Report. I thank the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr Wright) for his lively scrutiny of the Bill and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hove (Mike Weatherley) on his close and constructive engagement with the Bill. The UK is in a strong position. As...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 1 — Future of intellectual property (12 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: We are talking about the copyright exemptions covered in new clause 1. Let me be absolutely clear that, by comparison with any previous Government, we are now moving on to implementation. I have said to the House that we will be aiming to lay the draft statutory instruments before Parliament soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 1 — Future of intellectual property (12 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: I have the experienced and wise Leader of the House beside me on the Front Bench, and I think that things are reaching the stage where, arithmetically, once we remove the weeks in which the House is not sitting, it will be hard to have the commencement date as 1 April. We recognise that it might be some time shortly after 1 April. That will depend on how the timetable pushes out. A paradox...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 1 — Future of intellectual property (12 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: It is hard to give an estimate on that. I believe that the hon. Gentleman has underestimated the significance of registered designs. He suggested that their scope was quite narrow in comparison with unregistered designs. Let me give him the figures. There are already a large number of registered designs in existence. The UK’s and EU’s publicly accessible registers hold about 728,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 1 — Future of intellectual property (12 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: I do not want to give a time scale. The hon. Gentleman has already referred to one that I gave upstairs that has come back to haunt me, so I am wary of offering him any more time scales when faced with his blandishments. All I can say is that it will take time for the new system to take effect, and we will need to monitor it. We will undertake to do that. I will now move on to the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 1 — Future of intellectual property (12 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: The only reason I can imagine for that not happening is if there were a conspicuous lack of demand for the services of a local division. That is the issue: if there is no demand for it, there is no point setting it up. The hon. Gentleman, however, assures us and we are hearing a lot of people say that there is a demand for it. We are saying that, if there is a demand, it is likely to go...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 1 — Future of intellectual property (12 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: I am grateful for the opportunity to respond on the amendments and new clauses proposed by the hon. Members for Hartlepool (Mr Wright) and for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart), and to respond to the important contribution by my hon. Friend the Member for Hove (Mike Weatherley). Amendment 6 relates to the Freedom of Information Act. The new exemption in clause 20 should give...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Postgraduate Qualifications (6 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: The Government understand the importance of postgraduate study, which is why we are creating a new postgraduate support fund, worth £75 million over the next two years. This investment will allow universities to pilot innovative programmes to support access and participation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Postgraduate Qualifications (6 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: After 2016, graduates will be paying back less per month than under the current arrangements, so that factor should not deter postgraduate study. Our extra funding is paying for 20 programmes, in 20 universities, to explore different ways of encouraging more postgraduate study.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Part-time and Mature Students (6 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: Data are not collected on applications for part-time study in higher education. However, the number of part-time students enrolling in higher education has fallen by 42% since its peak in 2008-09. The latest figures from UCAS show that the number of mature applicants to full-time undergraduate courses has risen over the last two application cycles by 5%.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Part-time and Mature Students (6 Mar 2014)

David Willetts: This is not to do with the introduction of the fees and loans. As I said in answer to the previous question, the burden of repayment on graduates has fallen. The hon. Gentleman describes a trend that began under the previous Government. We believe it is attributable significantly to their policy of not funding students who already have an equivalent-level qualification. That is why I have...


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